Author: Kurt Koontz
Category: Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Kurt Koontz thought he was well prepared for his 490-mile walking trip on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. He was fit and strong. He had a good guidebook and all the right equipment. His pilgrim passport would grant him access to the shelter of hostels along the way. But all that, however helpful, did not begin to encompass the grandeur of his external or internal adventure. A Million Steps climbs over the high meadows of the Pyrenees, quests through the unceasing wind of the Meseta, and dances in the rains of Galicia. While following the yellow arrows that mark the route, Koontz also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. With outgoing humor and friendliness, he embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world. Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey all the way to the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and beyond.
A Marine Platoon at War
Author: Bing West
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months--a total of one million steps--in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Why did the Marines attack and attack, day after day? Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. One Million Steps is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down. Based on Bing West's embeds with 3rd Platoon, as well as on their handwritten log, this is a gripping grunt's-eye view of life on the front lines of America's longest war. Writing with a combat veteran's compassion for the fallen, West also offers a damning critique of the higher-ups who expected our warriors to act as nation-builders--and whose failed strategy put American lives at unnecessary risk. Each time a leader was struck down, another rose up to take his place. How does one man instill courage in another? What welded these men together as firmly as steel plates? This remarkable book is the story of warriors caught between a maddening, unrealistic strategy and their unswerving commitment to the fight. Fearsome, inspiring, and poignant in its telling, One Million Steps is sure to become a classic, a unique and enduring testament to the American warrior spirit. Praise for One Million Steps "West shows the reality of modern warfare in a way that is utterly gripping."--Max Boot, author of Invisible Armies "A gripping, boot-level account of Marines in Afghanistan during the bloody struggle with Taliban fighters."--Los Angeles Times "One Million Steps transcends combat narrative: It is an epic of contemporary small-unit combat."--Eliot A. Cohen, author of Supreme Command "A blistering assault on America's senior military leadership."--The Wall Street Journal "A heart-pounding portrayal . . . a compelling account of what these men endured."--The Washington Post "Stunning, sobering, and brilliantly written."--Newt Gingrich "One of the most intrepid military journalists, Bing West, delivers a heart-wrenching account of one platoon's fight."--Bill Bennett, host of Morning in America "Bing West has reconfirmed his standing as one of the most intrepid and insightful observers of America's wars. . . . One Million Steps reveals the essence of small-unit combat, the very soul of war."--The Weekly Standard "A searing read, but it is one that all Americans should undertake. We send our sons into battle, and few know what our warriors experience."--The Washington Times From the Hardcover edition.
Creativity, Imagination, and Leading Transformative Change
Author: Anthony Paustian
Publisher: Bookpress Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
Drawing inspiration from the epic story of the Apollo Moon Program, collected research, and his own life experiences, Dr. Anthony Paustian outlines the many small steps it takes to create success in life. He uses the imagery and innovation of the Apollo Program's success as a metaphor for life. With the practical tools described in this imaginative, easy-to-read book, Dr. Paustian teaches the principles of creative expression, imagineering, strong leadership, perception, a solid work ethic, and so much more. After reading this book, you'll have the tools to set effective and achievable goals and know how to invoke your own personal leadership to accomplish them. He teaches you less about what to think and more about how to think.
Nimblewill Nomad's Epic 10-Month Trek from the Florida Keys to Québec
Author: M. J. Eberhart
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
M. J. Eberhart, aka the Nimblewill Nomad, was a 60-year-old retired doctor in January 1998 when he set off on a foot journey that carried him 4,400 miles (twice the length of the Appalachian Trail) from the Florida Keys to the far north of Quebec. Written in a vivid journal style, the author unabashedly recounts the good (friendships with other hikers he met), the bad (sore legs, cutting winds and rain), and the godawful (those dispiriting doubts) aspects of his days of walking along what has since become known as the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT). An amazing tale of self-discovery and insight into the magic that reverberates from intense physical exertion and a high goal, Eberhart's is the only written account of a thru-hike along the ECT. Covering 16 states and 2 Canadian provinces, Ten Million Steps deftly mixes practical considerations of an almost unimaginable undertaking with the author's trademark humor and philosophical musings.
Walking the length of a changing nation
Author: Jonathan Richards
Publisher: Brown Dog Books
The Thirty-nine Million Steps is the true story of an epic 'end to end' solo walk the length of Britain. Entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, this book is as charming as it is inspirational. Vivid descriptions let the reader follow every step of the way from the very tip of Cornwall to the further corner of Caithness. The author's careful observations provide insight into a changing nation and an antidote to the chaos of modern commuter life. Written in accessible but elegant English, this book is ideal for any student of the English language. Complete with helpful footnotes, this book will enable students not only to improve their English, but also to learn about the people, the history, the geography, the culture and the character of Britain.
One man, 20 million steps
Author: Pat Farmer
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The greatest true adventure book of the decade - the incredible story of Pat Farmer's inspiring run from the North Pole to the South Pole.
Adventure Along the Appalachian Trail
Author: Lon Chenowith
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Something happened there that is too rare among men: We touched the soul, and we touched heaven. The encounter put fire in my bones and brought a deep humility to know that God was at work in this crazy project of mine.Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild--a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way. As a section-hiker, Lon, best known as the Arkansas Traveler, spans the course of fourteen years, climbing 237 mountains in a backcountry with a culture all its own. The romance of trekking across the mountains quickly wears off, and the presence of God teaches him perseverance and faith. While at times lonesome and hard, the undeniable urge to return to nature keeps Lon climbing and chronicling his Five Million Steps.
12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing
Author: Habib Sadeghi
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A liberating 12-step guide to recognizing the emotional issues that hold us back, with strategies to increase our energy and help us reach our potential by the health and spiritual advisor to Gwyneth Paltrow. Based on the powerful mind-body strategy Dr. Habib Sadegh developed to help himself recover from cancer more than twenty years ago, THE CLARITY CLEANSE will enable you to help your mind clear and your body heal. A regular GOOP contributor in health and spirituality, Dr. Sadeghi shows you how to turn obstacles into healing and energizing opportunities. Because negative emotions actually do damage on the cellular level, THE CLARITY CLEANSE offers guidance for cleansing both your body and your mind. You will learn how to: --Create a clear intention --Purge negative emotions --Practice compassionate self-forgiveness --Refocus negative energy to move beyond doubt and fear --Ask the kind of questions that will help your relationships. THE CLARITY CLEANSE includes Dr. Sadeghi's Intentional Unsaturation Diet, which helps support emotional cleansing by removing the residue of repressed negative emotions. The diet is designed to reduce congestion in the liver, gallbladder, lungs, kidneys, and pancreas-the organs most affected by feelings such as resentment and anger. Dr. Sadeghi's friends at GOOP have offered eighteen recipes to help make this cleanse delicious. Following the twelve steps in this book will help you to achieve a sense of peace and control, raise your self-esteem, and assert yourself in new ways to achieve positive and lasting change. Then, finally, you will be able to express your true, authentic self.
Ten Million Steps Through China, From the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea
Author: Rob Lilwall
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Category: Sports & Recreation
Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six-month journey, walking almost 5000 kilometres across China. Along the way he and his cameraman Leon brave the toxic insides of China's longest road tunnel, explore desolate stretches of the Great Wall and endure interrogation by the Chinese police. As they walk on through the heart of China, the exuberant hospitality of cave dwellers, coal miners and desert nomads keeps them going, despite sub-zero blizzards and the treacherous terrain. Rob writes with humour and honesty about the hardships of the walk, reflecting on the nature of pilgrimage and the uncertainties of an adventuring career. He also gives a unique insight into life on the road amid the epic landscapes and rapidly industrialising cities of backwater China.
How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Author: Kelly Williams Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING GUIDE, WITH UPDATED MATERIAL AND A NEW FOREWORD If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way. Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, ADULTING, makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable--and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn: What to check for when renting a new apartment--not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things. When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world (It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening.) How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office--iImagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps. The secret to finding a mechanic you love--or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind. From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.
Simple Steps to Help You Compete with the Big Boys - Even on a Small Business Budget
Author: Lori Culwell
Category: Business & Economics
The only guide for the small business owner to create a revenue-enhancing website that lets them compete with the "big boys." Award-winning website consultant Lori Culwell demonstrates how to create a website that will increase sales and generate repeat customers on a small business budget. Not just another "graphic design for the web" book, Culwell offers invaluable insider advice on what it takes to build a high-profile website, including dozens of guidelines to avoid the pitfalls of bad usability, with invaluable tips on: ? Enhancing brand awareness ? Creating graphic designs that keep customers engaged and not confused ? Writing web-savvy content ? Capitalizing on user feedback ? Making the most of search engine optimization ? Using blogs and social networking sites to increase traffic and get the word out
Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Author: Bob "Buckeye Flash" Grau
Category: Sports & Recreation
The true story of Bob Grau's 170-day hike across 14 states from one end of the Appalacian Trail to the other.
5 Steps to Building an Online Brand
Author: Ronne Brown
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Category: Business & Economics
Once a teenaged mom, Ronnessa “Ronne” Brown defeated the odds by stepping over the stereotypes surrounding her to take her family’s destiny into her own hands. Ronne’s “no excuses” mantra transformed their lives, from being stuck an endless cycle of “jobs” to becoming a millionaire—all by teaching herself how to monetize Instagram. And so can you. From Mopping Floors to Making Millions on Instagram shows you how you can: · build a business or brand on Instagram, using Ronne’s simple instructions · follow the dos and don’ts of building a social media business (that Ronne learned the hard way) · engage Instagram audiences to increase sales · convert followers into customers · gain new followers daily · build online relationships that turn into long-term customers · avoid the most common mistakes From Mopping Floors to Making Millions on Instagram is an easy-to-follow guide with real-life case studies that Ronne has used to coach more than 15,000 online marketers all over the world. It includes details about the three brands that Ronne personally built on Instagram using these strategies and examples of what to post and how to post it. Ronne reveals the secrets behind her personal brand, which generated over five hundred thousand dollars in revenue within its first year selling beauty and lifestyle products online. Ronne knows your past does not determine your future—so are you ready to change your life?
7 Steps in 7 Days to Lose Weight, Fight Inflammation, and Reclaim Your Health and Energy
Author: Daryl Gioffre
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Category: Health & Fitness
Easy, customizable plans (2-day, 7-day, and longer) to rid your diet of the acidic foods (sugar, dairy, gluten, excess animal proteins, processed foods) that cause inflammation and wreak havoc on your health. Let's talk about the four-letter word that's secretly destroying your health: ACID. An acidic lifestyle--consuming foods such as sugar, grains, dairy, excess animal proteins, processed food, artificial sweeteners, along with lack of exercise and proper hydration, and stress--causes inflammation. And inflammation is the culprit behind many of our current ailments, from weight gain to chronic disease. But there's good news: health visionary Dr. Daryl Gioffre shares his revolutionary plan to rid your diet of highly acidic foods, alkalize your body and balance your pH. With the Get Off Your Acid plan, you'll: Gain more energy Strengthen your immune system Diminish pain and reflux Improve digestion, focus, and sleep Lose excess weight and bloating, naturally With alkaline recipes for easy, delicious snacks and meals, Get Off Your Acid is a powerful guide to transform your health and energy--in seven days.
I was given three months to live...
Author: Edie Littlefield Sundby
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"The Mission Walker is a marvelous book, a moving meditation on the relationships between courage and faith, endurance and transcendence." Randall Sullivan, Creator, The Miracle Detective, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) "Edie Sundby’s account of her amazing trek along the entirety of the California Mission Trail is not only captivating and inspiring but also one heck of an outdoors adventure." Les Standiford, Author "This powerful story of determination and faith will stay with you forever." Ken Budd Journalist/Author “… a powerful narrative that takes us through the author’s harrowing journeys, inward and outward.” JoBeth McDaniel Journalist/Author "There are parts of this book that I couldn't pull myself away from.... that left me with profound messages. Incredible memoir!!! Incredible woman!!!! 5 Stars" Elyse Walters, #3 Top Reviewer, Goodreads This story is not about avoiding death. It’s about living life. Immerse yourself in the amazing story of Edie Littlefield Sundby, who, after being told she had only 3 months to live, survived 79 rounds of chemotherapy, radical liver and lung surgeries, and then walked 800 miles along the California Mission Trail, averaging 14 miles a day, and stopping at life-giving missions to revive her body and her soul. When she finished she yearned to walk the mission trail from its start – in Mexico. But no one had traversed that trail in 250 years. As you will learn in the pages of this book, Edie doesn’t care about what some deem impossible. It is that spirit that has allowed her to live, despite the odds. With fading strength and only one lung, she walked another 800 miles through the rugged mountains and deserts of Baja Mexico to the California border. In a walk of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation, and the true meaning of life. And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day. For me, walking is a transcendent physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick.” That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes again and again, I walk to stay alive. Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop our adventuring because someone says the end might be near? For those who crave a spirit of adventure, who ache like Edie to know what our bodies and spirits are truly capable of, this book is a must-read. A true testament to faith, courage, and the power of hope.
True Inspirational Stories from a Pilgrimage in Spain
Author: Phil Cheney
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
True life stories about encounters on a pilgrimage walk by two authors, Phil and Manuela Cheney, along the Camino de Santiago in 2015. Inspirational stories about people from 15 countries across the world sharing their humanity! The people who met for the first time on the trail share their own journeys both before and during their adventure into northern Spain. This is not a travelogue, it is a travel encounter with real people and mysterious spiritual synchronicity. The style is light, the authors write with fun and honesty, and reading this book is in the words of one reader, "impossible to put down, I was intending to read a chapter or two, but I finished the whole book in one sitting." Those who have walked the 'Way' will resonate with this collection, and the photos that show the character of Spain and its peregrinos.